Archaeologists have found ancient Egyptian «children’s cemetery» in the South of Egypt

© Photo : Maria Nilsson / The Gebel el Silsila ProjectОдна of the tombs at Gebel-es-SilsilehArchaeologists have found ancient Egyptian «children’s cemetery» in the South of Egypt© Photo : Maria Nilsson / The Gebel el Silsila Project

. Swedish and Egyptian archaeologists have found inside the temple complex of Gebel-es-Sisila southern Egypt, a kind of «children’s cemetery», where she was buried just four mummies of children aged 4 to 9 years, according to the Ministry of antiquities of Egypt.

«We’ve found a tomb of the time of the 18th dynasty at Gebel-es-Sisila in other parts of Egypt. This discovery allows us to learn more about the funerary rites of the times «era Thutmosid», and also to reveal the peculiarities of the religious, social and economic life of the ancient Egyptians,» said Maria Nilsson (Maria Nilsson), head of the Swedish archaeological mission in Egypt.

The temple complex of Gebel-es-Sisila was built in the South of Ancient Egypt in the times of the pharaohs of the 18th dynasty of Ancient Egypt, Tutankhamun and his ancestors, «pharaohs-conquerors», who bore the common name of Thutmosis. The reign of the 18th dynasty is the peak of power in Egypt and the beginning of its decline.

The most famous and interesting from a scientific point of view, traces of this era were found in two points of modern Egypt – in the vicinity of Luxor and Karnak, in the famous Valley of the Kings, and in the town of Gebel-es-Sisila, located a few dozen kilometers North of the modern Aswan dam.

Here was the ancient Egyptian town of Behdet, where in the time of Tutankhamun and his great relatives, the Egyptians extracted the blocks of Sandstone which were then transported along the Nile to Luxor, Thebes and other parts of the Kingdom for the construction of temples, tombs and other monuments. Over time, Behdet and its surroundings constructed their own monuments, tombs and temples, which are now actively studied by Egyptologists.

Nilsson and her team managed to make an incredible discovery – they found in one of the unspoilt corners of this complex kind of the «cemetery of children», untouched by robbers, where it was buried four mummified child.

In addition to the mummies of the children themselves, scientists were able to find in their stone tombs, the fragments of the grave, full burial shrouds and their fragments, different amulets, shards of pottery, items of a ritual nature, and many other artifacts. Study them, as scientists hope, will help to understand why children were buried in individual graves, and that could cut their life.

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